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Independence Day, Book One: The Beginnings [Kindle Edition]

Bex Aaron
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Book Description

This volume is part one of a five-part story.

“Something is wrong with this town…”

On the surface, Haven Park seemed to be the perfect picture of Americana. Nestled in the heart of Wyoming, its 517 residents were close knit, hard working and God fearing people. The city had never known major scandal, and the last violent crime committed was over ten years ago. Normal, right and honorable were upheld and all seemed to be quite harmonious…until the night of July 4, 1966, when the walls came closing in and the secrets could not be kept any longer.

It started with a murder. Carol Mathison, a lifelong resident and the only daughter of retired police chief Stanley Rogers, was found strangled in the park on the morning of July 5, leaving the community stunned. By all accounts, Carol was vibrant, well liked, outgoing and cheerful – making her murder all the more senseless. However, as the days drug by, more and more began to be revealed about Carol’s darker side…and the many, many people who might have wanted her dead.

The killer is closer than they know…

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  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051QFHYC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good story but horrible cliffhanger ending June 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Independence Day, Book One: The Beginnings" was very, very good with excellent character development and quite an interesting plot. Unfortunately, the ending was a complete cliffhanger; it completely felt like I had just read half of a book and was cheated out of the other half.

Story - Carol Mathison has been murdered which comes as a shock to the entire small town of Haven Park, Wyoming. After all, everyone loved Carol, right? Not exactly. It seems everyone in the town has a secret, and many of these dirty little secrets involve Carol to some degree. With tensions flaring between many of the residents of Haven Park and relationships budding between many others, it's hard to tell who's your friend, who's your foe, and who's a murderer.

Writing Style - The author starts out very well in this Kindle edition by providing histories/descriptions for each of the major characters in the novel, which there are about twelve of. The mystery is then well developed, and the author choose to focus more on the question of who is responsible for the murder rather than focusing on the suspense of the murder which still made the story very interesting.
The one thing that wasn't developed well, though, was the time period. This story is set in the 60s, yet nothing is really ever there to lead the reader to realize this other than the dates/times posted periodically throughout the story. I would have liked to see this aspect used a bit more in the story or simply not included at all.
In addition to the mystery, there were so many different types of relationships going on that it got a bit like a soap opera; I do mean that in a good way, though. However, surprisingly, the writing was so good that nothing ever got confusing!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, Left Hanging in the Middle of the Story June 6, 2011
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The title should have been a warning... Book One: The Beginnings

The book starts out like a book laying out a play, it presents all the characters and tells about them, what type of person they are.
Then Carol is found murdered. This just doesn't happen in the small town of Haven Park.

The writing is good... gradually each character is added to the mix and we start learning a bit about the people behind the facades they present to the world. No progress is made on actually solving Carol's murder... we're still in what would normally be the beginnings of a book. There is jealousy, drugs, infidelity and more below the surface of the town.

This looks like it will be a series of books... until we finally get the whole story.

If you like reading the entire story, you might want to wait to read this until Bex Aaron finishes the series... so the story doesn't abruptly stop and leave you hanging.
For myself, that is what I will do... the story is skillfully written and well-worth reading, but having only one part of the story available is more of a teaser than an actual book and I don't care to begin reading a mystery book without being able to complete it.

When the story is actually completed I think it could be a very good book. This author is skillful and writes well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Detailed Character Bios Ruined Story October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a $.99 at most novel and was a freebie (still is as I write this) on Kindle with "Kindle exclusive extras include: detailed character bios, to help you dive into the story easier".

The detailed character bios that "help" me "dive into the story easier"???? A well-written or even fairly well-written novel doesn't NEED "detailed" bios. The bios are PART of the story. Too much information before the story began; I lost all desire to read the book but did.

This read more like an in-depth outline to an editor and frankly the book was ruined for me before it even got started. If I see "detailed character bios" offered again, there is a 99% chance I won't even bother given my experience on this one.

I got what I paid for -- but I've also had good experiences with freebie books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read.... December 26, 2011
By Rikku
Format:Kindle Edition
Good plot and twisty turns.I am looking forward to reading the rest. However, if you dislike cliffhangers, think twice before starting the series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept June 6, 2011
By wvrose
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I always check out the free books for new authors coming on the scene. This story has a little of everything: good characters, small town suspense, and murder. I did have some trouble at times keeping up as it jumped from past to present. While I certainly enjoyed this story, I do not like having to wait for the ending of a book. I understand the need to create intrigue and suspense but many may forget to look for the next installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars is the book half empty or half full? July 11, 2011
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there are so many character bios at the beginning that instead of letting characters unfold naturally, their backstory was forced down our throats. Had I bothered to read the other reviews I would have noticed that this is only the first half of the story, so now I am left with a bunch of questions and a fear that the second half will come out at a high price - any more than 99 cents and I doubt I will buy it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, complex characters July 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
First, The Beginnings is just that - the beginning. It's a murder mystery and by the end, you will not know who did it. We'll need to wait a little long before that.

Independence Day is not a cheerful read. The characters lead difficult lives in a very real-world sense, full of internal conflicts and hard relationships. Bex's characters are very tangible, very real.

This story is mostly about the people surrounding the central murder, not about the actual investigation of it. While there is a great deal of exploration of the victim and her relationships with the rest of the town, there's no investigation of the physical evidence surrounding the crime. So, if you're looking for a very involved, very character-driven mystery, this is good for you. Not such a great fit for those more interested in police procedurals.

I enjoyed the book and will be looking forward to the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars intense
Over all I enjoyed the book. It keep me wanting to read. There is so much going on in this story, u will have to read intently to keep up. Well I did anyway. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Theresa Beck
5.0 out of 5 stars Haven park feels like a town with oodles going on underneath the...
Haven park feels like a town with oodles going on underneath the surface, and I look forward to finding out where it's all headed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim E. Heskett
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I really did not like this book. It started out with detailed bios on all the characters--and there were too many characters to keep straight. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Avid Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars Potential, but authorial inexperience shows
There was a lot of potential in this story of small town drama and mystery, it's like a trashy slice of life book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by morehumanthanhuman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I really liked this book, but not how it ended, so was hoping the second was better. Now I am left hanging and there is no third book to finish the story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mystic67
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok beginning...I guess
With the synopsis of the main characters in the beginning you'd think the novel would hop right into the action but no- the plot, or lack there is, was a jumble of confusion... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book
This series is the best, I can not wait for more please hurry with the third book I need more!!!
Published 21 months ago by Delaina Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder in a small town.
Since this is a first book of a five-part series, I'm not quite sure what to think. How a story ends has a big influence on my opinion. Read more
Published 21 months ago by S.M. Gresko
4.0 out of 5 stars A series of five books
I did not realize there were five books to this story or I would not have picked it up until they were all out. Read more
Published 22 months ago by D. Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars Character Study
I hate books like this that don't conclude but expect me to buy the next one in the series to find out what happens next. Read more
Published 23 months ago by DaveReadsALot
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More About the Author

Bex Aaron is too old to be concerned with convention. Thus, she's going to give you some random facts about herself, and about her books, in the hopes that it will make you smile...even if just for a moment.

Bex Aaron's legal name is Rebecca, and you may also call her that if you wish. Just never call her Becky. She loathes Becky.

She lives in Texas, and works as a legal secretary. It's a pretty swell job. She's pretty happy.

She is divorced, and she's pretty happy about that too.

She loves the color purple, both the actual color and the novel and movie of the same name.

She would like to buy the world a Coke.

She originally wrote the Independence Day series when she was 14 years old, back in 1997. Over time, she thought of ways she could improve on the original effort and the current incarnation made its debut as webfiction on July 4, 2009.

She took a year to write the first two books and three years to write the third. A lot of people got angry with her about this, and she does apologize.

Independence Day is a story about a small town, full of hard working, god fearing people...and one of them happens to be a murderer. It's expected to run a series of five books, and book three, Innocent, is coming August 31, 2014.

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